Red tape holds back Larbert Taekwondo star

Kristian Kinnon is desperate to represent his country overseas
Kristian Kinnon is desperate to represent his country overseas
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A teenage Taekwondo champion tipped to take part in the Olympics has had his career put on hold because he does not have a visa to compete abroad.

Kristian Kinnon was born in the Philippines but was legally adopted after his mum married Scot Charles Kinnon in 2006. The family moved back to Scotland in 2008 and live in Larbert.

The 13-year-old is a rising star of the Central Scotland Taekwondo School. He is already British champion at cadet level and is tipped to win when he steps up a grade to challenge for the junior title at the 2011 Chi Open Taekwondo Championships in England in 10 days’ time.

Coaches from Team GB are raving about his performances and have offered him a place with their development squad which grooms potential medal winners of the future.

They even wanted to include him in the team which will take part in the European Championships in Holland next week, but Kristian had to turn down the chance because of Government ‘red tape’.

The wrangle has left his family so frustrated they have complained to Prime Minister David Cameron and recruited the help of Falkirk MP Eric Joyce.

Kristian’s step-dad Charles (62) said: “This whole saga has been unbelievable. We applied to the UK Border Agency for new visas for my wife, Emma, Kristian and his sister Christine in June last year. Since then we’ve been left playing a waiting game and getting nowhere with the Agency or the Home Office.

“Kristian is trying to remain positive and concentrate on his next event, but his mum and I know he will be devastated if he is denied to chance to take part in the two biggest competitions.”